Ansel Berry was born 28 November 1805 in Norwich, Connecticut, and was an infant when both of his parents died. At that time he went to live with his eldest sister, Mrs. Nathaniel [Hannah] Ufford, whose family soon removed to the Black River country, thence to Onondaga county, and finally to Tompkins County.
In 1826 he married (1) Miss Lorinda Gage, the daughter of Benjamin Gage and Susannah (Johnson) Gage. She was born 12 March 1799 in Enfield, Grafton County, New Hampshire. They immediately removed to Norwich, Chenango, New York where he resided until his death July 10, 1870. He had two children, both by his first wife, Edwin R. Berry, born 22 May 1828 and died Dec. 10, 1870, and B. Gage Berry (see below). After the death of his first wife, Lorinda Gage, July 27, 1835, at the age of 33, he married (2) her sister, Hannah Gage. Hannah Gage was born 21 Oct. 1809 in Enfield, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
• The National Bank of Norwich was organized under the general banking laws of the State, as The Bank of Norwich, July 15, 1856, at which time it commenced business. Its capital was $125,000, divided into one hundred and twenty-five shares of $100 each. There were thirty-nine stockholders. The first directors were James H. Smith, Jonathan Wells, Theodore Miller, Nelson B. Hale, Burr B. Andrews, Ansel Berry, Harvey Thompson, Charles Lewis, William Packer, Charles H. Wheeler and Warren Newton. Twenty-four of the original stockholders, including seven of the above name directors are dead.
• 1850 Fed. Census, Norwich, NY lists Ancil Berry age 44, a Hatter, with wife Hannah J. age 38, Benj. G. Berry, age 18 and Louisa Williams, his grandniece, age 8.
• 1860 Fed. Census NY, Chenango Co, Norwich lists Ansel Berry, age 54, born in CT, Hatter, and wife Hannah, age 46 born in NH with Sarah L. Berry, age 18 (1842), scholar, born in NY.
• 1870 Fed. Census, NY, Chenango Co, Norwich lists Ansel Berry, age 64, born in CT, wife Hannah age 56 and two others in household including 1 servant; enumerated 18 Jul 1870.
Ansel Berry co-owned a hat store in Norwich Village. In 1856 he was elected to the Assembly of his county. Ansel Berry died 10 July 1870 in Norwich, Chenango County, New York;
his second wife, Hannah (Gage) Berry died 13 July 1890.
Ansel Berry and his wives, Lorinda (Gage) Berry and Hannah (Gage) Berry are all buried in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Norwich, New York.